Architecture & Design

Home design ideas and inspirational builds

Guide

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.

The best tiny house we've seen so far

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix.

Under bed storage

Storage ideas for small spaces

Design and furnishing ideas to make the best use of empty spaces in a home.

Ottawa Coach House

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.

Mobile tiny house

Definitely an inspiring housing trend but tiny houses may be a bad idea in some cases.

Compact housing is a great trend but there are tiny house issues that should be considered before you commit to life in one.

Shipping container home

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend.

The Fiction Factory Wikkelhouse tiny house made of carboard

Wikkelhouse: A tiny house made of cardboard

The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category.

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

The fully off-grid Ecocapsule has its own micro-power generation and rainwater treatment system.

News

OUR HOUSE: a community home building endeavour

Handing over the keys to the new owners of a LEED home built by students and donated to Habitat for Humanity

Hurricane proof home

Hurricane-proof home

This hurricane-proof home can withstand a 200 mph impact.

New ecoMetrics Tool Unveiled at CaGBC Conference

Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation models across a wide range of the company’s building types

Okanagan College

Recognition keeps coming for one of world’s most sustainable buildings

Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable En...

Advice

How much does it cost to build a house, by square foot

Posted by Anonymous Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept, design and architecture 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What is the cost of Net Zero?

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 2 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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